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Hal Lancer


Nags Head, NC (via Upper Arlington, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   August 19, 2015

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: 01/12/2015
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Spielman
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: John Havilcek
  • NFL TEAM: Philadelphia Eagles
  • NHL TEAM: Chicago Blackhawks

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Comment 24 Mar 2020

K... and I agree... Mike Doss, "All time great"... but I'm gonna go with a deadly hit on a weasel, short of the first down, over a hit on an Illini every time. /Bonus: this wasn't targeting, even today... yet nonetheless... Message Received:

Comment 22 Mar 2020

Helmet stickers work differently up there.

Players get one for things like:

  • Being ranked in the Preseason Top 10
  • Not losing to Appalachian State
  • Not giving up the winning score on a blocked punt return that is the final play of the game
  • Showing up for 70% of practices (they can still get a sticker falling below that threshold if excused by a note from mom)
  • Not committing a penalty
  • Having their shoelaces tied
  • Covering the point spread when going into the game as an underdog. If a rivalry or bowl game, failing to cover by no more than 14 points.
  • 20 lucky players every week by random drawing
Comment 19 Mar 2020

McCarthy:  "So, Coach Harbaugh, I only see one other commit. You are recruiting some more players, right?"

Harbaugh:  "Sure, sure."

McCarthy:  "Because four years from now, I don't want El-Hadi and me to be the only two guys out there on offense. Right?"

Harbaugh: "Yeah... but if it came down to it, El-Hadi could snap the ball to you, and you could throw it to him. Right?"

McCarthy: "No. That's a penalty, if he's downfield."

Harbaugh: "Really? That doesn't seem right. I thought if you're playing two-on-eleven, you're allowed to throw it downfield to the snapper."  /Harbaugh makes a throwing-deep motion while muttering "One-Mississippi, Two-Mississippi..."

McCarthy to his high school coach:  "Is that Ohio State offer still open??"

Comment 11 Mar 2020

I'm not an expert, and anything's possible when you're dealing with any government bureaucracy let alone the IRS, but typically in my experience, they don't have enough people to pursue a taxpayer over a $15 or $30 mistake, if that's all it is. If you're assessed an underpayment penalty automatically, it would likely be small.

Remember time is money. The IRS usually remembers that these days and goes after bigger fish. I wouldn't put any more time in on my end in fixing this for tax year 2019; just work with payroll to get it right for tax year 2020.

Comment 10 Mar 2020

Joe Pesci rant in Lethal Weapon 2: Why you never want to go through the drive thru window:

/was Joe sucking helium before each take in this film??
Comment 17 Feb 2020

Search "vintage rotary dial telephone" on eBay... or just click https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR2.TRC0.A0.H2.Xvintage+rotary+dial+phone.TRS1&_nkw=vintage+rotary+dial+phone&_sacat=0.

There are lots available under $40. Look for ones that say "Tested, works" because some of these are for decoration only, and many are in unknown operating condition.

Comment 08 Feb 2020

Great interview, thanks. Retiring B1G ref Dan Capron didn't pull any punches and wasn't worried about discretion, tact, or diplomacy. I saw the headline and thought his "acting like a 4th-grader" B1G coach was going to be unnamed-in-the-headline James Franklin. No, it was Harbaugh. OK I shoulda had that one.

The one huh? moment for me was Capron's comment on Urban Meyer. I would think a ref would much rather have a distant coach who was focused on his team than a Pellini, Harbaugh, or Franklin, whining/screaming about every call going against him. But Capron said, "If you [Coach Meyer] don’t want to listen to what I have to say, you’re probably not doing your team any favor. I’m not expecting that coaches will be warm and fuzzy, though some of them are absolutely lovable. Coach Meyer was all about the business of coaching his team, and he wanted nothing to do with the officials or with officiating." Seems like a feature to an official, not a bug, to me. To me it means Meyer knew himself, knew he'd want to argue back, and better to leave the task of hearing officials out to a designated staff member who can take official's interpretations diplomatically. Makes me wonder what borderline calls went against the Buckeyes under Capron, given the "probably not doing your team any favor..." reference.

Comment 22 Jan 2020

Yeah, this really isn't about playing to the final buzzer; it's about embarrassing a rival. Usually whether you think this is a good idea depends on your position on the rival being embarrassed. There was Lou Holtz quoting Woody Hayes to a reporter on why Hayes went for two when win against TTUN was settled:  "Because they wouldn't let me go for three!" There was then-USC coach Pete Carroll said to be in a "What's-your-deal??" running feud with then Stanford-coach Jim Harbaugh after Harbaugh successfully went for two very late in a 55-21 win at the LA Coliseum. I think Hayes was a great coach despite a sad ending, and Harbaugh's a jerk, so nothing consistent about my position.

Comment 14 Jan 2020

No question, as with Clemson and the ACC, when you have the kick-ass, dominant team in your league, you have a real advantage in making the CFP.

OTOH, pot meet kettle...

Comment 11 Jan 2020

They should have been called targeting, at least under the current rule. I don't even remember what the rule was back then.

So what? That doesn't change December 28th.

That was a different season, different game, different officials. Refs are human. They shouldn't miss calls, but they do. Use those clips for training refs and move on.

You'll make yourself crazy obsessing over stuff like this to try to make December 28th make sense.

And yes, to anyone outside the Buckeye fanbase, posting this does make you sound like a sore loser.


 

Comment 22 Dec 2019

Most singers covering Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas today perform it all upbeat and cheery, which is not in the spirit of the song. Judy Garland sings it with irony and anxiety, fitting what's going on in the film Meet Me in St. Louis where it first appeared, and fitting the line in the lyrics "Until [we're all together again], we'll have to muddle through somehow," all too aware that some will not be returning home. As you said, this film was made in the middle of WWII. The message was, with all this crap coming down on our heads, we can still celebrate Christmas together.

Comment 12 Dec 2019

I wasn't there, but I remember that game (and that play) on TV.

Classic. As the announcer said, a "Heisman Trophy run by Keith Byars," and commentator credit is given to Mike Tomczak for his audible play switch, but Byars may not make the first ten yards of that TD run without the textbook right-side blocking seen best in the replay.

Comment 12 Dec 2019

I definitely do, though I had to websearch the date:  October 1, 1960. My mom was not feeling well, so my dad used their season tickets to take me with him to see Woody's Buckeyes defeat the USC Trojans, 20-0, at the Shoe. I had a blast. The win was revenge for the Trojans' defeat of the Buckeyes at the Coliseum in 1959 in the home-and-away. The Buckeyes went on to finish 7-2 in 1960, losing on the road to Iowa and Purdue. No bowl game for OSU, despite finishing the season ranked 8th in the nation. (Back then for Big Ten teams, the conference champion went to the Rose Bowl and everyone else stayed home. With two conference losses, tOSU finished third in the Big Ten. No. 1 Minnesota went to the 1961 Rose Bowl and was upset there by the 6th-ranked Washington Huskies*.) But for Ohio State, the season was a great success since the Buckeyes defeated TSUN by the 3-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust score of 7-0.  

*BTW the 1961 Rose Bowl is perhaps best remembered today for the Great Rose Bowl Hoax at the expense of UWashington. Back then many schools deployed flip cards in the stands. A block of spectators would raise big cards at their seats at a designated moment to spell out a message or show a picture on a neutral background. Fourteen CalTech students conspired to switch the instructions for displaying cards in 2200 seats in a Washington section at the Rose Bowl so that Husky fans spelled out "CalTech" and then flashed the CalTech Beaver--yeah, I know--instead of a Siberian husky. The prank went out on live TV on NBC. It sounds like something out of Animal House. More details on how they pulled it off:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Rose_Bowl_Hoax

Comment 07 Dec 2019

I'm sorry...

Funny me... I thought Fire Lane was two years into a 10 year contract extension with FAU. Not that either school has a clue. Did they learn nothing from UTenn and USC?!? #DeerInHeadlights

Comment 01 Dec 2019

After the second failure of their offense to convert on 4th down in the 2nd half: